WASHINGTON D.C. - As millions of men left the United States to serve our country during World War II, there was still work to be done back home.
"It was nice to be a part of it, to know you were doing something," said Joni Gold.
Gold knew she wanted to help with the war.
"Well I had a brother who was injured and all the men were enlisting in the service, and since he couldn't go I thought I'd go take his place," she said.
She was a W.A.V.E., a Woman Accepted for Volunteer Emergency service in the United States Navy.
"Well I started out doing secretarial work but I hard really been at the fleet post office," she said.
She made sure the men fighting for our country got letters from home.
"That was the one thing the men had to look forward to was getting their mail, and so we worked seven days a week trying to get it to them," Gold said.
Gold said her service meant nothing compared to the sacrifices being made overseas.
"You know, we attributed all of this to the men, to the young boys and the men," she said.
ABC15's Elizabeth Erwin went with Gold to the Women in Military Service Memorial. We were there when she signed her name to the list of visitors, knowing this memorial was built for people like her.
"Going on this tour has brought back memories that you had long forgotten," Gold said.
Gold's trip to Washington D.C. was part of Honor Flight Arizona, a program that takes WWII veterans to their memorials at no cost to them. For more information on how you can help go to http://honorflightaz.org/